Singapore will be the only Asian stop in the prestigious global tournament this year
Relevent and Catalyst Media Group (CMG) today announce that the International Champions Cup will return to Singapore with three of Europe’s top clubs in a global tournament. Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain who do not often encounter each other in Europe, will take delight in the match-ups in front of their Asian fans at the National Stadium on 26 July, 28 July and 30 July this year.
In its sixth installment, the 2018 International Champions Cup takes on a new global format, featuring the largest number of clubs, matches and venues to date. This year’s chase for the Cup features 18 of the best clubs in the world playing 27 matches across the United States, Europe and Singapore. Whereas past Tournaments recognized a winner within each participating continent, this year’s competitive structure will take on a more cohesive format, reigning one overall global champion.
“The support we witnessed in Singapore at the International Champions Cup last year was phenomenal, and we are excited to return to the National Stadium as this year’s only Asian stop in a revamped global tournament format. We are committed to bringing the best of football to the people here and look forward to working with the Singapore Tourism Board to grow and create exclusive experiences for the fans in Singapore and the region,” said Patrick Murphy, Chairman and President of Catalyst Media Group.
Added Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board: “We are pleased to be the only
Asia-Pacific stop of the revamped International Champions Cup this year, making Singapore an attractive destination for fans within and beyond Asia this July. Together with our partners, we are committed to delivering a memorable event experience for fans and our visitors.”
2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will see Paris Saint-Germain, France’s most successful team with 36 trophies to their name, make its first visit to the city state. While Arsenal and Atlético de Madrid played in Singapore in 2015 and 2013 respectively, both Clubs will relish meeting on neutral ground as they continue to fight for UEFA Champions League qualification.
Kicking off on Thursday, 26 July, Atlético de Madrid will play Arsenal in a highly anticipated meeting after the teams’ hard-fought campaign in Europe this season. The two teams have been drawn to play each other in the semi-finals of the Europa League and are one step closer to qualifying for the UEFA
Champions League next season. Regardless of the results in Europe, fanswill undoubtedly be captivated by the technique displayed by the two clubs when they meet here.
Arsenal will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, 28 July in a rematch of their 2016/ 2017 UEFA
Champions League group stage. Almost all four of the previous meetings between Paris Saint-Germain
and Arsenal have ended in draws except one in 1994, where the North London team beat the French
outfit by one goal.
The final match on Monday, 30 July, will pit champion of Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain, against Atlético de Madrid. Fans will, no doubt, be looking forward to this remarkably rare match-up as both teams will play each other for the second time only. The two Clubs have seen steady success in their current season and fans in Asia will savour the opportunity of watching the teams continue their amazing form at the National Stadium.
Legends from each of the participating clubs – Robert Pirès of Arsenal, José Luis Caminero of Atlético de Madrid, and Maxwell Scherrer of Paris Saint-Germain – are in Singapore to commemorate the launch of the tournament and to announce the fixtures.
Sponsors & Partners
Into its second year in Singapore, the International Champions Cup has solidified its position as a premier marketing platform for both local and global brands, with organizers revealing a number of returning and new regional partnerships for 2018.
UnionPay is the first new sponsor to join the event’s network of regional Asian partners as the Official
Payment Brand. UnionPay customers from around the region will be offered a raft of exciting benefits,
starting from next week’s much anticipated pre-sale and preferential rates through the duration ofthe
Car-rental brand Hertz, along with Emirates also announced their presence in the Singapore matches
as Premium and Official Sponsors, respectively.
After a similar partnership was activated during the North American leg of the International Champions Cup in 2017, La Liga has extended the partnership to the matches in Asia and will provide exclusive opportunities for local fans to experience first-hand the essence of top-flight Spanish football.
Leading Japanese electronic gaming company Konami will again take its place as a global Official
Sponsor and promote its Pro Evolution Soccer product to fans, and AccorHotels, the largest hotel
operator in Singapore, will team-up with International Champions Cup to ensure the tens of thousands
of fans set to descend on Singapore for the matches will be given an array of fantastic accommodation related offers.
Mediacorp returns as the Official Broadcaster and will be screening all 2018 International Champions
Cup matches LIVE on its digital entertainment service Toggle as well as selected matches, including all
3 matches in Singapore, LIVE on oktoSports.
More details of how fans can benefit from the various partnerships will be revealed in the coming months, alongside additional sponsors.
This year, UnionPay, the Official Payment Brand of 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will be the first sponsor to offer their Cardholders the option to purchase tickets. Customers with UnionPay cards will also enjoy a 10% discount starting on April 24th and throughout the on-sale period.
Official on-sale to the public will begin on 10am April 30th at www.sportshub.com.sg , Sports Hub Box
Offices as well as other physical locations. For more information, please visit www.internationalchampionscup.sg.
About International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup is the world’s premier annual summer soccer tournament featuring
the top European clubs playing across North America, Europe and Asia. The tournament brings worldclass soccer to the masses by organizing marquee matches that attract record-breaking crowds –
including the largest recorded attendance for a soccer match in the United States. Founded in 2013, the
tournament’s sixth installment will feature 18 of the top clubs in the world playing 27 matches in 22 cities across the globe, along with the first ever Women’s International Champions Cup and first ever
International Champions Cup Futures event featuring top youth players from around the world.
Champions Meet Here.
About Catalyst Media Group (CMG)
Catalyst Media Group, also known as Catalyst, is a young and dynamic international sports marketing
business based in Hong Kong with representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore
respectively, which is committed to create, acquire, develop and advise premium sports properties and
entertainment projects. Catalyst’s activities and networks span the globe, with a focus on Asia-Pacific
and in particular the most in-demand sports market in the world: China. Catalyst is the exclusive
developer of the International Champions Cup in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the global distributor of the event media rights.
RELEVENT, is a multi-national media, sports and entertainment group that owns and operates the
International Champions Cup. RELEVENT provides an innovative approach to property development,
event productions, content and media production, brand management and activations for soccer, other
sports and entertainment entities.
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Neon Lights festival returns for a three-day celebration of the best indie acts
Singapore’s biggest indie music festival, Neon Lights, is back for a third instalment this November with a stacked line-up spanning three days. The festival returns to Fort Canning Park from November 9 to November 11, complete with headline acts and indie legends from all around the world.
After successful runs in 2015 and 2016, local indie fans were left disappointed when Neon Lights took a break last year. The organisers made a promise the festival would return in full strength in 2018 and that it did. Festival director Declan Forde said they were thrilled to be returning and had put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure both quality and diversity so everyone could enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Kicking things off on November 9 is Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna who will be serenading the crowd in her first public performance in over a year.
Fans of Interpol are also in luck because the band from New York will be making their Asian debut with a full set on November 10.
Other acts include the likes of Caribou, Riot !n Magenta and Cigarettes After Sex amongst others. For the full line-up, as well as schedules, head on down to the website.
Neon Lights runs November 9 to November 11, 6pm to 1030pm on November 9 and 2pm to 1030pm on November 10 and 11. Individual day tickets start from $99 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased via the website or SISTIC.
Things to do this weekend in Singapore (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This week’s an exciting one. We’ve got a 2000-2018 dance party, art exhibitions (some all the way till 3am) and something for all you tea-lovers out there. With these many options on your plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
1. Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations (21 Sept)
Celebrate Gillman Barracks’ 6th anniversary with another run of their Art After Dark! It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend – there’ll be live performances, interactive art experiences and delicious food served all the way till 3am.
When you’re done exploring the two new gallery openings presented by Ota Fine Arts and Yavuz Gallery, or traversed through our very own Nguan’s photography, you can rock out to the tunes of Pleasantry and The Pinholes. Definitely grab that late night bite from the likes of Park Bench Deli and Handlebar.
Address: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Time: 7pm onwards
Ticket pricing: Free
2. Singapore Tea Festival 2018 (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
Quench your thirst with this year’s comeback of Singapore Tea Festival. With more than a hundred blends of tea, 30 tea and tea-related brands, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There’ll even be dialogues and workshops where you’ll about learn skills such as modern kombucha making from industry leaders. To redeem a complimentary Yixing Purple Clay glazed porcelain cup, all you’ve got to do is register at teapasar’s booth!
Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Time: Fri: 3PM-10PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
3. V A N I T A S Group Art Exhibition (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This brings a group of talented women into the spotlight. Featuring six independent female artists, VANITAS is a group show which explores themes like mortality, the transience of life and the futility of pleasure.
Be wowed by the dark art styles of @sarahthursday, @erikartoon, @mothhead_, @peithedragon, @yelselogy and @sanatoriium. Remember to bring some spare cash to purchase some of their merch!
Address: kult, Block C2-5, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Time: Fri: Opening Night @ 5pm, Sat & Sun: 12PM-8PM
Ticket pricing: Free
4. Xiao Kopitiam #2 (22 Sept)
Pop by this reimagined kopitiam for maybe the chillest weekend you’ve had in a while.
Dig into LAD & DAD’s comfort British fare – think bangers & mash and beef stew (we can attest to the amazingness of this dish), get a intricate henna design from the famous @henn.drawn or just grab a personalised haiku at the typewriter.
Address: 21 Moonstone Lane, Poh Leng Building #09-01, Singapore 328426
Time: Lunch: 3PM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
5. The Passion Pop-Up (22 Sept)
Support your local businesses and female entrepreneurship at this pop-up. Try out delicious treats from That Vegan Cake, juicy burgers from Hustle Co and more.
The Passion Panel, filled with names like Isabel Lee of An Acai Affair and Beckie Liu of Haikini,
will delve into how they sparked off their passion for entrepreneurship, developing it into an actual business. It’s not all work, though. Play beer pong or sign up for a HIIT session with Charity Chan, a personal trainer!
Address: 52 Craig Road, Singapore 089690
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Ticket pricing: Free
6. High School Never Ends (22 Sept)
Blast it back to your childhood or travel all the way to the present at HopHeads’ latest escapade, featuring 2000s-2018 electronic dance pop and the hottest radio hits.
Their parties are so popular that all their online tickets have been sold out. Your best bet is to head straight to the door for a ticket, then straight into the most nostalgic night of your life.
Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, Haw Par Glass Tower B1-00, Singapore 239926
Time: 10PM – 4AM
Ticket pricing: Door tickets $20, inclusive of one drink
Tokidoki x River Safari: A Whale of a Time Awaits
What do you call something that provides comfort, is pleasant to have and is part of a larger establishment? A manatee (amenity)!
Jokes aside, manatees are the co-stars of the event at River Safari this September, as tokidoki’s Mermicorno characters are making a splash at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.
Designed by Simone Legno, the characters of the internationally recognised lifestyle brand are featured within the park as 10 life-sized sculptures, including the three newest members Submarino, Jade and Fortuna.
Hop on the Mermicorno x River Safari Trail and win exclusive, limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari enamel pins. All you have to do is answer two questions that are rotated each week. (they’re really easy, but I shan’t reveal them so as to not take away your fun.) Unfortunately, three of the five weeks have passed — but you still have the chance to bring Cerulean (week 4) and Jade (week 5) home. They run out of stock very quickly, so be sure to get there early!
Mermicorno x River Safari Trail
Venue: Around the park
Timings: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Joining Mermicorno and Manatee are mermaids, whose graceful performances and bubbly interactions in the aquarium are not to be missed. Watch as they swim elegantly among the manatees, nature’s very own mermaids of myth.
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm (20 minutes)
Make sure you and your loved ones catch a photo op with Canola, our lovable mascot. Fun fact: Canola, the actual manatee and animal icon of River Safari, just turned four in August!
Meet our Manatee Mascot
Venue: River Safari Entrance
Timings: 10:00am & 4:30am
Other activities include Colour Us Cute at the Mermicorno meets Manatee colouring wall, River Trail Encounters, where the park guides will share stories about the manatees along with their quirks and habits, and Amazing Encounters Await, granting you the opportunity to get up close in behind-the-scenes tours, Manatee Mania and Amazing Amazonia.
Colour Us Cute
Venue: River Safari Entrance:
Timings: 10:00am – 5pm(Weekends only)
River Trail Encounters
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:15pm & 5:30pm (20 minutes)
Amazing Encounters Await*
Venue: River Safari Visitor Services Counter
Timings: Manatee Mania – 9:30am, Amazing Amazonia – 1:30pm (1 hour)
*Additional tour fees apply, and pre-registration is required.
At the end of your enjoyable day out, don’t forget to grab tokidoki collectibles such as plushies, key chains and blindboxes from the River Safari retail store to complete your Mermicorno experience!
There’s also an Instagram contest giveaway — all you have to do is share your most creative posts tagged #tokidoki and #RiverSafari on your public Instagram account for a chance to win a Manatee Mania tour and River Safari admission tickets for 2 adults worth $300.
Water you waiting for? Dive right in!
Activities runs until September 30, 2018, on weekends only, unless otherwise stated. For more information, please visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/tokidoki.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729726
Opening hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm (last entry at 6:30pm) daily
Ticket prices: Adult – $32, Child – $21